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    The Phoenix Arises in Downunder

    Hiya Folks,

    Whilst not completely new to the forum - many of the members have assisted in providing me with parts, it is now worth posting our ride for you to enjoy. She has aptly been named the Phoenix as she has arisen from the ashes of an internal harness failure - nearly 18 months and she is as good as new with a period-correct interior restoration.

    She is a 1995 E500 Limited delivered to Freiburg and then shipped to Japan. The past owner purchased her in 2009 and then shipped back to Australia where I came upon her and adder her to our collection. She is original and well cared for and she is a survivor. She was a Christmas 1994/January 1995 build and then delivered in February.

    I will be posting a series of articles over the interior restoration and some of the challenges involved in getting her back to perfect.

    We are based in Perth, Western Australia and found that there are presently no other E500's here.

    Cheers

    Perry
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    Re: The Phoenix Arises in Downunder

    I forgot to mention for those researching the numbers, our VIN# is WDB1240361C211710.

    Many thanks to Dave Hendy, Dmitry and many others for the parts as well as to Dave M for assisting with searches and advice. We found the following decal stuck to the German Guide for Service Centres in 1995...it must have been removed from somewhere on the vehicle...the decal says it all...

    Cheers

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    Re: The Phoenix Arises in Downunder

    Wow!! The first E500E to make it down under. It looks nice in the pics.
    Your Phoenix will be the ‘Envy of Perth’

    Welcome to the board Perry

    That’s a great sticker but has to be aftermarket.

    Please start an Owner’s Thread

    More Pics and Info when you get time.

    Take Care
    Terry

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    Re: The Phoenix Arises in Downunder

    Hiya Folks,

    The new plates arrived today and they say it all...we managed to purchase a unique plate number. I think that you will agree that this says it all...

    We are lucky here in Downunder where we can design and personalize our plates.

    Cheers

    Pez
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